actors, actresses, and
announcers added up to $30,000 annually to their bottom lines
via freelance radio assignments, a tidy sum in the 1940’s.
one broadcast center to another, often on the thinnest of time margins,
paid stand-ins to work rehearsals, hold doors and elevators and
reserved taxis in advance. On their way to the good life, they were
often living on a narrow edge as their voices boomed out of
Atwater-Kents at myriad hours during the first half of the 20th
century. At one time Larry Haines worked in eight different soap operas
at the same time.
Larry Haines appeared in almost all of the major evening radio dramas, including "Gangbusters." He was often cast as a heavy. In 1951 he joined the TV cast of "Search for Tomorrow" as Stu Bergman, where he stayed for 35 years. During the same time he continued to work in radio, appearing in "X Minus One" and the "CBS Mystery Theater," to name just two.